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Study: Meth Is The Most Damaging Drug For Gay Men With HIV

Study: Meth Is The Most Damaging Drug For Gay Men With HIV | Gay News | Scoop.it

A recent study of people with HIV who use recreational drugs isn’t good news for tweakers: those who used crystal meth showed troubling blood test results as compared to those who used other drugs.


The study by the University of San Diego examined gay drug users who were HIV positive, including guys who used meth, cocaine, pot, alcohol and various other party drugs. All of them were on effective treatment and had low levels of virus in their blood.


But the similarities ended there. Meth users had lower t-cell counts (a number that gauges the health of the immune system) and more measurable HIV in their semen. Good T-cell counts are seen as critical to long term health with HIV. It isn’t yet clear if the amount of HIV in semen means the person is more infectious. The one-year study defined meth use as at least one reported use during the study period.

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Brisbane loses a drag star

Brisbane loses a drag star | Gay News | Scoop.it

BRISBANE recently lost one of its most-loved, renowned and respected drag entertainers, Daryl Pike — aka Alaska St James — who personally championed LGBTI community mental health awareness.


The entertainer, who had been a prominent figure within the Brisbane drag scene for decades, had died at the age of 39.

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Everything We Know So Far About Drug-Resistant Gonorrhea

Everything We Know So Far About Drug-Resistant Gonorrhea | Gay News | Scoop.it

In a doomsaying article about the emergence of drug-resistant gonorrhea, The Verge recently described how gonorrhea will soon be impossible to treat. For all sexually active individuals, this news is rather unsettling, but it seems like we're reading the superclap headline almost every year. This may or may not be as bad as AIDS, people always claim. I realized I didn't know that much about this superpowered incurable crotch menace. Before we all start girding our loins in preparation for a sexual apocalypse, I decided to dig a bit deeper into what this drug-resistant gonorrhea really does and what it's like to get it. If we're going to panic, we at least should be informed. We'll get through this together (just don't get too close, okay?).

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8 Myths About Transgender Men's Genital Reconstructions

8 Myths About Transgender Men's Genital Reconstructions | Gay News | Scoop.it

Recently, writer Brynn Tannehill produced a list of misconceptions that plague people's understanding of gender-confirmation surgeries (in particular, those of the genital variety). Perusing her inventory, I nodded in recognition at every barb; like her, I've heard all these and more hurled at me, my loved ones, or my comrades online. "It's not life-or-death," "It's cosmetic," "You need therapy, not surgery," and "It will burden taxpayers" are among the many toxic myths in need of exploding.


Inspired, I decided to build on this conversation by considering the specific fictions concerning trans-male procedures and embodiments -- and I hope to read a list generated about women's gender-specific experiences as well.


So -- with the caveats that this list is not exhaustive and I am no medical expert -- it's time to bust some myths!

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Brisbane beats Sydney in gay rugby tournament

Brisbane beats Sydney in gay rugby tournament | Gay News | Scoop.it

Queensland's gay rugby players beat the world's gay rugby champions, Sydney - in a State of Origin-style rugby tournament at Ballymore on Saturday.


The Queensland team - the Brisbane Hustlers - beat the New South Wales team - the Sydney Convicts 12-5 - in a competition backed on Saturday by rugby legend John Eales.


It is the first time Sydney's gay rugby team has been beaten in the eight years a rugby tournament involving Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and New Zealand has been played.

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I’M A PORN STAR (The Secret Lives Of Gay Porn Stars)

I’M A PORN STAR (The Secret Lives Of Gay Porn Stars) | Gay News | Scoop.it

Last October, I covered the story about the upcoming documentary called I’M A PORN STAR. (Watch the trailer here) I just found out that the gay dating appGuySpy has been releasing this 13-episode webseries / documentary on its website since November. They just released the fourth episode a few days ago.


I’M A PORN STAR focuses on 4 popular porn stars – Johnny Rapid, Colby Jansen, Rocco Reed and Brent Everett with cameo appearances by tons of other gay porn stars. 

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Fear and loathing in gay Washington

Fear and loathing in gay Washington | Gay News | Scoop.it

He was an influential figure in one of the biggest social changes the country has seen in decades -- the growing acceptance of gay Americans. But, you've probably never heard of him. So we've gone back to the DecodeDC archives to bring you this encore podcast from June of 2013, featuring Rich Tafel. Tafel opened the first office in Washington for the Log Cabin Republicans, the nation's largest organization representing gay conservatives.


Tafel provides stunning behind-the-scenes insight of an early 1990s Washington. He describes a vibrant, underground network of gays working in politics that cut across party lines. But Tafel tells the story of how that camaraderie was undermined by pure politics as the Republican Party became more socially conservative. It's a story of closed door meetings, outing campaigns, and a vast shift in how politics are done today.

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Sex Between Women Spreads HIV in Rare Case

Sex Between Women Spreads HIV in Rare Case | Gay News | Scoop.it

It's rare but definitely not impossible for HIV to be transmitted by sexual contact between women, according to a paper published this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In the first confirmed case of its kind, the CDC believes one Texas woman infected another with HIV through sexual activity that included unprotected sex, the use of sex toys, and sexual contact while menstruating, reports the Los Angeles Times. The women, both in their 40s, had been in a monogamous relationship for six months before the infection, which was first detected in early 2012.

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The Marriage Equality Map You Need To Know

The Marriage Equality Map You Need To Know | Gay News | Scoop.it

Advocates expect the Supreme Court to decide a case addressing same-sex couples’ marriage rights in the next few years. But to get there, cases have to be heard by lower courts first.


With a rush of court filings since the Supreme Court ruled this past June striking down the Defense of Marriage Act’s ban on federal recognition of same-sex couples’ marriages, lawyers and organizations have been racing and fighting to get a marriage case back to the high court. Trial court decisions started coming down on Dec. 20, 2013, and they haven’t stopped since.

Here’s where things stand as of March 14 with cases that have reached a trial court decision and could eventually reach the Supreme Court.

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More than just Grand

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COUNTRY singer Steve Grand, who came to fame with his gay-themed music video clip All-American Boy, is determined to continue to make his own success by self-funding his first album.


Within 17 hours of launching his Kickstarter campaign to raise $81,000 for the album, Grand fans helped reach his goal.


Since then the donations have continued rolling in, and it has made the campaign one of the top 10 most-funded music projects in Kickstarter’s history.

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Meet the American pastor behind Uganda's anti-gay crackdown

Meet the American pastor behind Uganda's anti-gay crackdown | Gay News | Scoop.it

In late February, when Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed the nation's harsh new anti-gay bill into law, he claimed the measure had been "provoked by arrogant and careless western groups that are fond of coming into our schools and recruiting young children into homosexuality." What he failed to mention is that the legislationwhich makes homosexuality a crime punishable by life in prison in some caseswas itself largely due to Western interlopers, chief among them a radical American pastor named Scott Lively.

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UN Human Rights Chief: Nigeria’s anti-gay law ‘violates international law’

UN Human Rights Chief: Nigeria’s anti-gay law ‘violates international law’ | Gay News | Scoop.it

The UN human rights chief has warned Nigeria that the country’s new anti-gay law is in violation of international law.


In a speech in Nigerian capital Abuja, Navi Pillay, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, warned that LGBT people are ‘living in fear’ in the country.

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The Author of Showtime on How Magic Johnson’s Diagnosis Changed HIV/AIDS in America

The Author of Showtime on How Magic Johnson’s Diagnosis Changed HIV/AIDS in America | Gay News | Scoop.it

On Nov. 7, 1991, the face of HIV/AIDS changed forever when basketball star Magic Johnson announced he had received a diagnosis that at the time was almost universally associated with gay men. In front of a packed press conference at the Los Angeles Forum, Johnson revealed something that seemed incomprehensible to many: Anyone—“even me,” he said—could contract HIV.

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John Cameron Mitchell Blames Grindr For David's Death In 'Girls'

John Cameron Mitchell Blames Grindr For David's Death In 'Girls' | Gay News | Scoop.it

We were all taken aback by this season when Hannah's ebook editor, David, suddenly dropped dead in "Girls." But nobody was as shocked as John Cameron Mitchell.


Mitchell, who played David on the HBO series, didn't even know about his character's death until the cast did the episode's read-through. He told Vulture that Lena Dunham later apologized for not warning him. "Afterwards Lena was like, 'I’m so sorry I forgot to tell you,'" he said. "I really felt like a Voodoo doll. I felt a pin in my heart, like 'Oh, shit.'"


However, Mitchell has a theory for how David ended up "face down in the Hudson river" (according to Gawker). He blames those damn gay phone apps. "I thought he might have had a bad Grindr date," said Mitchell.

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In Defense Of Dick Pics

In Defense Of Dick Pics | Gay News | Scoop.it

I’m willing to bet my entire life savings ($200) that 97% of people who like guys have either sent or been sent a dick pic. Politicians are sending dick pics. Your professors are sending dick pics. Here’s the scenario: you’re talking to a new guy and suddenly (whether you ask for it or not), here comes a dick pic. It can be exciting if you’re into that type of thing. But it’s also a way to close the distance if your partner lives far away.


That said, there are plenty of folks out there who don’t like getting dick pics and who think it’s crazy, low-class, gross, or just plain stupid. Like this guy. But, ugh, whatever to those Puritanical people. In our age of social networking, text messages and picture phones, why is anyone surprised or offended that people are sending pics of their privates? Like, most of the Internet is porn, everybody has a smartphone with video/photo capability, most everyone likes sex so OF COURSE people are going to send xxx pics to each other.

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Transgender Activist Cecilia Gentili on Identity and Putting the 'T' Back in LGBT

Transgender Activist Cecilia Gentili on Identity and Putting the 'T' Back in LGBT | Gay News | Scoop.it

Since leaving Argentina, Cecilia Gentili has embarked on an incredible journey of transformation, ultimately turning her into a widely respected advocate for trans rights in New York City. Currently, she serves as the Trans Health Coordinator for theAPICHA Community Health Center, while continuing her work as a mentor and an advocate within her local community in Jackson Heights, Queens. But becoming who she is today has not come without struggle. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Cecilia and hearing first hand how her story has unfolded. Our conversation went something like this ...

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A Los Angeles Gay Landmark Buttons Up

A Los Angeles Gay Landmark Buttons Up | Gay News | Scoop.it

The infamous San Vicente Inn here, long operated as a clothing-optional, men-only motel with a just-smoke-it drug policy, in many ways epitomizes this city’s past as a live-and-let-live gay ghetto.

It also sums up West Hollywood’s rapidly gentrifying, more inclusive future. A new owner, the boutique hotelier Jeff Klein, plans to spend $30 million to transform the 29-room motel into a high-end auberge. Straight people welcome.

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Missing Queers

Missing Queers | Gay News | Scoop.it

One underreported aspect of the U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking of U.S. law schools is the magazine’s accompanying assessment of these schools vis-à-vis a diversity index it has created.  There is likely to be disagreement about whether or not a law school’s student body diversity should factor into a school’s ranking at all—whether done by the USNWR (where student body diversity is not factored in) or another entity.  Here, however, I’d like to query this diversity index’s sole focus on racial/ethnic diversity and, moreover, this index’s failure to incorporate sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) diversity.  In a similar spirit, I’d also like to query the SOGI omission in how the American Bar Association measures the diversity of both U.S. law schools’ faculty and student bodies.  With the ABA, and its required disclosures (for an example, click here) there is a sole focus on racial/ethnic diversity and also male/female (M/F) diversity.  In short, I think these kinds of diversity measurements results in ‘missing queers’—though it be for better or for worse.

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Op-Ed: The Lasting Impact of Out TV Teens on LGBT Youth

Op-Ed: The Lasting Impact of Out TV Teens on LGBT Youth | Gay News | Scoop.it

Today, a vast spectrum of LGBT people are represented in entertainment, and though many are criticized by our community for one reason or another, I can’t help smiling each time one appears on the small screen. I know the potential impact each one of those characters can have on a young person living in an environment where they hear comments every day reinforcing the message that people like them are less than human. It’s stories like the one of Billy Douglas that help LGBT youth realize not only that they’re not alone, they are worthy of being celebrated, and out characters in media don't simply further visibility, they make a visible difference.

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When Art Is Queer

When Art Is Queer | Gay News | Scoop.it

On Tuesday I visited a small public space in New York City, the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art. I went there to see an exhibit called Queer Threads: Crafting Identity and Community and to seek an answer to a question I'd pondered ever since first hearing of the museum the week before:


Is there such a thing as gay and lesbian art?

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You Thought It Was Tough Being Gay in Uganda. "It's Hell in Nigeria."

You Thought It Was Tough Being Gay in Uganda. "It's Hell in Nigeria." | Gay News | Scoop.it

Around midnight on February 13, a young Nigerian man named Femi* was jolted out of his evening prayer by shouting outside his window. A crowd of some 40 people had gathered around his house. "No more homosexuals in Gishiri!" they yelled, referring to Femi's neighborhood within Nigeria's capital city, Abuja. The mob broke down his door and dragged him outside in his boxers. They beat him and about 13 other gay men that night with broken furniture, machete handles, sticks, and a garden rake, vowing to kill them if they didn't clear out of the neighborhood. 


The attack, and other acts of vigilante violence targeting gays and lesbians around the country, was motivated by a new anti-gay law that Nigeria's president signed January 7. The measure, modeled off the one that Uganda enacted in late February, levies harsh prison sentences on anyone who makes a "public show" of a "direct" or "indirect" same-sex relationship or supports an LGBT organization (10 years), and anyone who attempts to enter into a same-sex marriage (14 years), even though this would be virtually impossible in Nigeria. The anti-gay backlash the law has provoked in Nigeria has led not just to violence, but to homelessness, unemployment, harassment, and a steep drop-off in HIV/AIDS treatment. 

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Federal Judge Issues Temporary Order That Tennessee Recognize Several Same-Sex Couples' Marriages

Federal Judge Issues Temporary Order That Tennessee Recognize Several Same-Sex Couples' Marriages | Gay News | Scoop.it

A federal judge in Tennessee Friday ordered state officials to recognize the marriages of three same-sex couples during the consideration of their lawsuit challenging the validity of the state’s ban on recognizing such marriages.

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Why the political fight over same sex marriage is over, in 1 chart

Why the political fight over same sex marriage is over, in 1 chart | Gay News | Scoop.it

Almost a year ago to the day, I wrote a piece declaring that "the political fight over gay marriage is over" and providing three charts to make the case.


Well, I'm a year older now -- and now I can make that case in just one chart. (Sidenote: As a kid, I LOVED the game show "Name That Tune" and am a firm believer it could and should make a comeback.)  The chart comes courtesy of a fascinating Pew Research Center study on millennials -- people aged 18-33 -- that details their political leanings, their likes and dislikes and where they stand on hot-button issues.

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Fox News Anchor Smith to Attend Gay Journo Event

Fox News Anchor Smith to Attend Gay Journo Event | Gay News | Scoop.it

For the first time ever, Fox News anchor Shepard Smith is attending the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association’s “Headlines and Headliners” benefit.


One wonders if a long overdue announcement is coming,” asks Joe.My.God. blogger Joe Jervis.


I asked Fox News and NLGJA if Smith – outed by Gawker last October – plans to announce anything at next Thursday’s event.


“Not to my knowledge,” NLGJA membership coordinator Matthew Rose told me. “Our special guest list is filled with allies,” straight and gay. (Another NLGJA member noted that Anderson Cooper attended the “Headlines and Headliners” bash during his closeted years.)

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US Government orders insurers to provide equal coverage to gay married couples

US Government orders insurers to provide equal coverage to gay married couples | Gay News | Scoop.it

Health insurance providers in the US will be as of next year required to provide equal cover for married gay and lesbian couples, the federal government has said.


The Department of Health and Human Services on Friday announced that as of 2015, health insurance providers offering coverage to opposite-sex married couples, must also offer the same coverage to those in same-sex marriages.


This latest change comes from last year’s landmark ruling by the Supreme Court to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which it found to be unconstitutional.

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